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Boxing clubs urge president to resign

Apr 9, 2014, 9:06 AM | Article By: Lamin Darboe & Alieu Bobb

The six registered boxing clubs of the Gambia Boxing Association (GBA) have all called for the president of the GBA to step down.

According to a petition signed by all secretary generals of the six boxing clubs in the country, Pa Alieu Jallow “should resign with immediate effect”.

The boxing outfits are Gambonni Boxing Club, Stadium Boxing Club, Banjul Boxing Club, Bijilo Boxing Club, Latrikunda Boxing Club and Banjulinding Boxing Club.

Mr Jallow was elected to head the association on an interim basis for a year with the possibility of being given a second chance provided he lived up to expectations, the petition added, stating that since his election, the association has been moving to a monotonous and dreadful situation.

Mr Jallow had not as well fulfilled the numerous promises he made since his election, the petition charged, saying the embattled GBA president has not delivered his service to the association to the best of his ability.

Mr Jallow has been expressing his decision with guilt by heading two associations at a time, the petition stated, saying he had never informed the national boxing association that he was as well heading the Gambia Swimming and Aquatic Association.

Mr Jallow’s conduct has resulted in a negative relationship between the Gambia Boxing Association and its parent international body AIBA, the petition noted further, saying AIBA does not allow any of its member associations’ presidents to head two national associations at a time.

“Mr Jallow’s relationship with his associates has been unpleasant and the fault has been wholly his,” according to the petition.

The Gambia Boxing Association had been competing in past AIBA events but since Mr Jallow took over they had not competed in any competition, it further said, noting that boxers have been training on a daily basis without participating in a single competition.

Mr Jallow has been unfair to the association, the petition also said, describing him as “not the right person to lead the association”.

The petition rated his fundamental principle of success of the association as zero percent, therefore calling on him to step down for the association to be able to register success.

In an interview with Pointsport yesterday, the Technical Director of Gambia Boxing Association, Paul Manneh, who together with the signatories walked into The Point offices, said the GBA Annual General Meeting should have been held since January 2014 but “up to date it has not taken place”.

Manneh stated that the Gambian boxers are demanding that the GBA boss resign with immediate effect after failing to fulfill his promises as well as meeting the demands of boxers in the country.

According to Manneh, the GBA president “has not been delivering to expectations” and as such “should resign” and give way to others who can steer the affairs of boxing in the country.

Adama Albert Mendy, boxing coach of Gambonni Boxing Club, Alieu Badou Sanneh, National Team Captain and Ebrima Faye, a boxer, all expressed comments similar to the technical director’s.

Contacted to get his side of the story, Pa Alieu Jallow, the embattled president of the Gambia Boxing Association, declined to say anything about the matter.